Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Pretty Crooked by Elisa Ludwig

Willa’s secret plan seems all too simple: take from the rich kids at Valley Prep and give to the poor ones.
Yet Willa’s turn as Robin Hood at her ultra-exclusive high school is anything but. Bilking her “friends”-known to everyone as the Glitterati-without them suspecting a thing, is far from easy. Learning how to pick pockets and break into lockers is as difficult as she’d thought it’d be. Delivering care packages to the scholarship girls, who are ostracized just for being from the “wrong” side of town, is way more fun than she’d expected.
The complication Willa didn’t expect, though, is Aidan Murphy, Valley Prep’s most notorious (and gorgeous) ace-degenerate. His mere existence is distracting Willa from what matters most to her—evening the social playing field between the have and have-nots. There’s no time for crushes and flirting with boys, especially conceited and obnoxious trust-funders like Aidan.
But when the cops start investigating the string of burglaries at Valley Prep and the Glitterati begin to seek revenge, could he wind up being the person that Willa trusts most?

Publisher: Katherine Tegen
Number of Pages: 368
Type: Hardcover

Reviewed by Peyton, age 15

Pretty Crooked by Elisa Ludwig is a very interesting book based on the idea of a “modern, female Robin Hood.” Willa, the main character, has never lived in one place for a very substantial amount of time thanks to her mom, who’s artistic impulses drive her to new cities for inspiration. Her mother moves the two of them to Arizona, which she promises will be the last move so Willa can have a “normal high school experience.” But after attending her new elite private school for a few weeks, Willa realizes that there is a huge gap between the wealthy kids and the scholarship kids. I really liked the character of Willa because, even though she could have joined in on the bullying, she stood up for the less privileged kids. Although I think her methods are a little questionable (for example, stealing from a classmate’s purse during French) I admire that she is risking her own reputation to help those less fortunate then her. Because the main subject of the book is high-risk theft, the plot is very fast paced and intense. Even though the focus of the book is on Willa’s questionable behavior, the author manages to mix in humor and romance, which softens the serious messages of theft and deception present in the book.  I recommend this book to anyone who wants to read a story about an inspiring and awesome heroine. Thanks to Katherine Tegen Books for the great read!

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Happy reading!
Peyton, age 15

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